Another lesson, just as important as respect is making every opportunity count. Taking advantage of opportunities is the difference between a successful career and having no career at all. Sometimes, taking advantage of an opportunity can come at the expense of being disrespectful to your opponent or the business in general. Take the situation surrounding the ACW Light Heavyweight Championship for example.
Since arriving in ACW, JD Smooth and his associate AC Wolf have stopped at nothing to get their hands on the ACW Light Heavyweight Championship. There's just one problem with that: the man that currently holds the Light Heavyweight Championship is none other than the miniBOSS Diaz. Diaz has currently held the Light Heavyweight Championship for just over 3 years and counting.
While JD Smooth has gained victories over Diaz since his arrival in Early November, most have been due to outside interference or by DQ. None of which have earned him the championship. While most competitors would go back to the drawing board to earn another title shot or to figure out another strategy, Smooth resorted another plan of attack.
After a tag team match pitting Diaz and Vic Ramon against Smooth and AC Wolf, JD resorted to an act of theft and stole the ACW Light Heavyweight Championship Belt from Diaz and declared himself the champion. A bold move that other members of the ACW Locker Room were not happy about.
"I've held a championship before. Ive challenged for championships and lost. But it would have been very disrespectful to steal the champion's title after a loss," said an unnamed ACW competitor. "It's a really cowardly thing to do" he later added. "I hope he has fun playing with his Light Heavyweight Championship playset for the next few weeks" said ACW Commissioner Mike Ratick. " From the few conversations I have had with Diaz since it happen, he sounds pretty pissed off. It was probably not a wise decision to piss off a man who has been nothing but clutch in big match situations going into a Cage Match on the 12th."
The one thing about taking a shortcut or being disrespectful to someone is that most of the time, it will catch up with you. Will JD Smooth walk out of the Cage on February 12th and be able to call himself ACW Light Heavyweight Champion? Or will the miniBOSS take come through yet again and continue his historic championship title reign? The only way to find out is to be there February12th, as ACW Presents: Twas the Cage Fight before Valentines Day.